RA MA DA SA, SA SAY SO HUNG
Recalling this week several practices of healing self and others that have stayed with me throughout my life, I am so happy to remember a healing mantra that calmed my anxiety when recovering from breast cancer surgery almost nine years ago, "Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung, the Siri Gaitri Mantra.
The first four sounds of the mantra ascend and expand into the Infinite; the second part of the mantra pivots those qualities of the highest and brings them back down, to interweave Earth with Infinity:
RA is the Sun -- its energy strong, bright, hot, and purifying
MA is the Moon -- a quality of receptivity, coolness, and nurturing
DA is the Earth -- its energy is secure, personal, and the ground of action
SA is Infinity -- the impersonal cosmos in all its open dimensions and totality
SA -- this repetition is the turning point
SAY -- awareness of a sacred "Thou"
SO (the personal sense of merger and identity) and
HUNG (the Infinite, vibrating and real) -- "I am Thou"